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Hearts and Masks

Harold MacGrath

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I rose, lighting a cigarette.

The girl looked up from her coffee.

"Back to the dime-museum?"—banteringly.

"I have a few minutes to spare," said I.

"By the way, I forgot to ask you what card you drew."

"It was the ten of hearts."

"The ten of hearts?" Her amazement was not understandable.

"Yes, the ten of hearts; Cupid and all that."

She recovered her composure quickly.

"Then you will not blow up the post-office to-night?"

"No," I replied, "not to-night."

"You have really and truly aroused my curiosity. Tell me, what does the ten of hearts mean to you?"

I gazed thoughtfully down at her. Had I truly mystified her? There was some doubt in my mind.

"Frankly, I wish I might tell you. All I am at liberty to say is that I am about to set forth upon a desperate adventure, and I shall be very fortunate. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was such a fun romp! I found an old copy from 1905 in a used bookstore and had to grab it because it had a 100-year-old inscription inside that enticed me. But I was unfamiliar with MacGrath and had no idea what the book was about since there was no blurb anywhere.

It turned out to be so up my a

It's a cat and mouse game when two young persons come to a masquerade party uninvited. When a jewel thief begins taking things, it's up to two romantic hearts to let down their masks to catch him before he gets away.

It's a romance, and a thiller, but keep in mind it's set in the early 1900. So not

It's a different little story. You're never really sure who are the good guys and who the bad, so it does build a good bit of suspense.
The love story is pretty obvious.
The dialog is rather stilted. Partly because no one ever says anything straight out. Instead they spend all their time trying t

I received a first edition of this book from a friend of mine. The book was rather beat up, but oh what a delight was found inside. I really enjoyed this author, loved his writing style and his humor. Will definitely check out some of his other books.